PASTAS & PIES If you’re trying to stay away from carbs, you’re missing out on some major winter comforts: the pastas and the pot pies. Equal parts flavor and carbohydrates, these options are just too good to pass up when the weather turns chilly.
For an inspiring twist on traditional raviolis, check out the Mushroom Ravioli at Spence Café. The freshly made pasta is stuffed with a variety of mushrooms and cheese, then served up in a warm and simmering asiago cream sauce with seared duck breast, roasted cherry tomatoes, and artichoke hearts. It’s a rich and complex delight for your taste buds.
Mac & Cheese
It’s oooey; it’s gooey; it’s a bowl full of comfort, and at Rams Head Bar & Grill it comes four different ways. The OG is made with a Vermont white cheddar and fontina sauce, then finished with pecorino and a panko crust. The Nashville Hot Chicken Mac is, as it sounds, mac and cheese topped with crispy Nashville hot chicken. The Short Rib Mac comes topped with slow-roasted, red-wine short rib. And
for seafood lovers, the Crab Mac is tossed with crab meat and topped with Old Bay and pecorino. Cheese, please.
Chicken Pot Pie Warm and flaky, the chicken pot pie from Iron Hill Brewery definitely makes our list of cold-weather comfort foods. Made fresh every day with chicken, carrots, potatoes, corn and peas, and topped with a flaky pastry topping, this entrée can be made even better paired with a crisp Vienna Lager, a perfect complement to the rich, buttery goodness of the pot pie.
SOUPS & STEWS Looking for midday comfort? Need a little pep in your admittedly slower wintery step? Look no further than stews and soups, which often include a mix of winter vegetables, warm bases, and hearty proteins, just what your body needs to power you through the chilly temps of winter.
Crock o' Chili There are tons of options just right for winter dining at Barnaby’s, but Manager Jill Carnevale recommends Barnaby’s
Vegan Grilled Cheese Custom made with your choice of vegan cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, or house-made feta, the sandwich is served on a plain or multigrain grilled panini. Crock o’ Chili, which is featured in the West Chester Chili Cook-Off every year. Made with ground beef, diced tomatoes, and a variety of beans, the crock comes topped with cheese and sour cream, if you choose. If you’re looking for something to dunk into that chili, order their dinner bread and butter and get to dipping.
French Onion Soup
In search of something to warm you up on a snowy day? Head to Split Rail Tavern for their seasonally available French Onion Soup. “People wait for it to come back on the menu,” says server Chris Jones. “Because who wants French Onion Soup in 98-degree weather on a patio?” Made with red and Port wine beef broth, caramelized onions and croutons, and topped with Emmenthaler Swiss, it’s sure to warm
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